1 pound cooked blue crab meat, lump crab, or Dungeness crab meat*
4 scallions (green part only), minced or 1/4 cup green onions, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as cilantro, dill weed,basil, thyme, parsley, etc.)
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 cup Panko or fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Salt and white pepper to taste
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup fine bread crumbs or cracker crumbs**
4 tablespoons butter
Green Onion Sauce (see recipe below)
* If you can't get fresh crab, look for the pasteurized crab usually sold in the refrigerated case of your supermarket or fish store.
** Check out Making Homemade Bread Crumbs.
Carefully clean the crab meat of any shells or cartilage. In a large bowl, gently mix crab meat, scallions or green onions, herbs, Old Bay seasoning, bread crumbs, and mayonnaise. Season with salt and white pepper. Carefully fold in egg with a rubber spatula until mixture just clings together.
Divide crab mixture into four portions and shape each into a flat, round cake about 3 inches across and 1-1/2 inches high. Place onto a baking sheet lined either parchment or wax paper; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator at least 3 hours or overnight (the cold will firm up the cakes so that they will not break up when fried.)
Place bread or cracker crumbs into a shallow pie plate; lightly dredge crab cakes.
In a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat, heat butter until hot but not smoking (add more butter if needed). Gently lay chilled crab cakes onto bottom of the pan; slowly fry crab cakes approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side or until crisp and golden brown, turning once only with a spatula. If the crab cake browns too quickly, reduce heat. The internal temperature should be 150 to 155 degrees F. with an cooking thermometer. Remove from heat, transfer onto a serving platter, and serve hot with Green Onion Sauce.
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NOTE: These crab cakes are also great as a starter course of your dinner meal.
Makes 8 servings or 16 petite crab cakes.